Hello there! __________ Also, as a side note for our followers: Please don’t call your hair an Afro if you are not of African or African diasporic descent. - KJ
If your boyfriend has a curly hair texture (and remember, hair textures are not bound by race or ethnicity!!), then the following methods will work for his hair:
Backcombing (with or without crochet hooking)
Twist and Pull (aka twist and rip, but we feel “rip” is not accurately descriptive)
Or my favorite method, which you can see in the video I made:
When you make locks, especially on non-coily and non-afro textured hair, the baby locks setup is usually pretty tight. Comb coils and other delicate setups are used on those textures, rather than moderately curly and straight hair, and they are gentle and soft.
Twist and pull, backcombing, or combinations of the two cause the hair to be knotted and tangled right away, so these type of baby locks will stick up for a while initially. It can look pretty goofy.
A unisex solution is a nice wide headband in a neutral color, and you can wrap it around the hairline and hold the locks down in a more organized manner. :)
Additionally, be sure you use proper sectioning on the hair! Neat sections make maintenance much easier down the road:
As the locks mature, they relax at the roots and get weighted down, so after a few months they will stop sticking straight up.
I hope this is helpful,
Also, as a side note for our followers: Please don’t call your hair an Afro if you are not of African or African diasporic descent.